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I-5 Crash with Lexus in Stockton Kills Bicyclist

Stockton, CA — Early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2024, a bicyclist was killed in a collision with a Lexus on Interstate 5 in Stockton, according to ABC10.

The accident occurred around 3 AM when the bicyclist was traveling southbound on I-5 north of Hammer Lane in the #1 lane. At the same time, a man driving a Lexus was also traveling southbound in the same lane at approximately 75 mph.

The driver of the Lexus collided with the bicyclist, then pulled over to the right shoulder and stopped. Unfortunately, the bicyclist succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Lexus cooperated with authorities and was not arrested, but the incident remains under investigation as authorities work to determine the full circumstances surrounding the collision. Driver intoxication is suspected to have played a role in the crash.

Wrongful Death Claims

Whether or not a crash results in criminal charges for one of those involved, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

Duty of Care Toward Cyclists

Cyclists are owed a “duty of care” from drivers no matter where they meet. This legal responsibility stems from the fact that cyclists travel with less protection alongside heavier and faster cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorists are legally obligated to monitor the roads ahead, and all mirrors and blind spots, for any rider who may be nearby. Drivers must hit the brakes to avoid any chance of a collision.

Drivers must also stop once a collision has occurred to get medical attention for a cyclist or pedestrian as fast as possible. Remaining on the scene, turning on hazard lights, and blocking off traffic also reduce the chances of the victim being struck by approaching motorists who may not be able to see an injured cyclist down in the street.

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